Next 36 Startup Sprint 2018: Vancouver

October 12, 2018, 09:00

Red Academy (1490 W Broadway #200)


From October 12-13, NEXT Canada and ProtoHack are inviting up to 200 bright, entrepreneurial minds to build, hack, design, and prototype solutions to solve global problems. The winning team will receive a spot at the Next 36 National Selection Weekend (for eligible team members) in December 2018, and there are plenty of other awesome prizes to be won.

ProtoHack exists to show entrepreneurs that they can create something amazing from nothing without having to write a single line of code. We empower and enable the non-technical community with the tools, knowledge, and know-how that will help bring their idea to life and visually communicate it through prototyping.

ProtoHack requires no coding. Instead, you’ll be using prototyping tools, drag and drop editors, mockups, wireframes and anything else you think of to visually demo your idea on stage. Competitors will work in teams (up to 5) or solo.

ProtoHack is a two-day experience where you will build a prototype that communicates an idea visually. During ProtoHack you’ll learn how to use the best prototyping tools in the industry, network with like-minded people with various backgrounds, become a better product person, and receive access to prototype tools, learning communities, and other prizes just for attending (up to $300-400 value!)


Friday, October 12, 2018

  • 5:00pm: Sign-in + Refreshments
  • 5:45pm: NEXT Canada Welcome
  • 6:00pm: Keynote Talk
  • 7:00pm: Team Formation
  • 7:20pm: Design Thinking Workshop
  • 8:00pm: Build Projects
  • 12:00am: Departure

Saturday, October 13, 2018

  • 8:00am: Sign-in + Breakfast
  • 9:15am: Setting Expectations
  • 10:00am: Prototyping Workshop
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm: Mentor Lounge
  • 6:00pm: Prototype Submission
  • 6:30pm: Demos
  • 8:00pm: Final Pitches
  • 8:30pm: Deliberation & Announcements
  • 9:00pm: Afterparty

 Still not convinced? Check out our FAQ, read more about how it works, or contact us.

About Next 36

Next 36 is a NEXT Canada program that delivers a world-class founder development program to Canada’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The program provides a select group of undergraduate students and recent grads with a unique combination of education, mentorship and up to $80,000 in seed investment to launch a new business. We believe that by fast-tracking the development of Canada’s most talented young innovators, we will help create industry-changing businesses and grow Canada’s long-term prosperity.

About NEXT Canada

NEXT Canada is a national, non-profit organization that develops exceptional talent to create world-class ventures and propel technology adoption. Founded in 2010 as The Next 36 by a group of pioneering business leaders and academics, NEXT Canada is today a leader in the delivery of cutting-edge programming designed to foster lifelong entrepreneurship in three streams: NextAI, Next 36 and Next Founders. Our programs, delivered through meaningful partnerships between government and the private sector, strengthen the foundations of Canada’s current and future health and prosperity.

Speakers & Judges

Alex Gillis


AG Inc.


Sean Hudson



Technical Founder

William Brenner


Orello Technologies

Co-Founder & CEO

Sagar Malhi




Jon French


Next Canada

Director of Marketing & Comms

Elena Yugai


Helder Ventures

Investment Manager

William Johnson


Innovate BC

Director of Marketing & Communications

Steve Petterson


10th Avenue Impact Fund

Executive Director

Anastasia Hambali


BC Tech Association

Venture Manager

Jon Bantados


RED Academy

UX & Visual Designer

Mark Pagal


RED Academy

UX/UI Designer

Rybo Chen

Pitch Mentor


Customer Success

Matthew Pattinson

Pitch Mentor

Empowered Startups

Startup Leader

Marlon Thompson

Pitch Mentor

League of Innovators

Director of Programs

Ardalan Benam

Pitch Mentor


Cofounder & CEO

Shelley Chen

Design Mentor


Cofounder & CDO

Andro Atienza

Design Mentor

RED Academy

UI & Visual Comms Instructor

Liam McCullough

Design Mentor

Camp Pacific

Interactive Designer

Jo Vinayagam

Design Mentor


UX Design Specialist

Leah Huyghe

Design Mentor


UX Designer

Carisen Randing

Product Mentor


Senior Customer Support


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